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What are they?

There are two kinds of scrap metal: ferrous (iron and its alloys) and non-ferrous (everything else). Ferrous metals are iron and steel. Nonferrous metals include aluminum, tin, lead, pewter, zinc, bronze and brass, to name the most common. Appliances include ranges, refrigerators

Why recycle metal?

Scrap metal in the landfill is a wasted resource. Recycling metal requires significantly fewer resources than virgin metal extraction. It is less expensive and less environmentally damaging than mining, concentrating and smelting the raw materials. Every ton of steel recycled conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours. Steel, tin and aluminum are some of the most recycled of all scrap metals.

King County waste stream graph
Eighty percent of materials thrown away are resources – not waste.

What can you do?


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 Call: 206-477-4466

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Fax: 206-296-0197

King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal